Softball finally gets a game in

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Dawson County High School sophomore Ashley Clapp attempts to tag the Sidney runner out at second base during the Lady Devils’ first game of the season Thursday afternoon. While a varsity double header was planned, the cold temperatures and rain prompted the two teams to agree to skip the second game. The Lady Devils lost to Sidney 13-9.

On Tuesday evening, the Dawson County High School girls softball team lost against Sidney in their season opener, 13-9.

In email, DCHS head coach Sarah Cobb wrote that she “was very pleased with the performance of the team” and that “They executed every play I called (bunts and steals) and they had minimal errors.”

“We played well as a team and they were focused,” she added.

Like other coaches, Cobb scored her games on The website shows that Sidney got off to a 4-1 lead in the first inning and never let up the momentum. Overall, both teams finished with 12 hits. DCHS had seven errors compared with Sidney’s six.

“As a team, our on base percentage was .459 and we had 12 base hits and 8 RBI’s.” Cobb added.

On the field, seniors Vail Gibbs and Shelbi Kaul split pitching duties for the Lady Red Devils. Gibbs recorded six strikeouts. On offense, both junior Shelby Wetz and senior Tyra Rowsey had three hits for the DCHS team.

The current team includes Rowsey (1B), Kayla Rod (2B, OF), Gibbs (1B, Pitcher) and Kaul (1B, Pitcher). The roster boasts five juniors and three sophomores, counting Courtney Nagle (2B), Wetz (Catcher, 3B), Brayden Carpenter (OF), Bailey Pearcy (3B, SS), Tanille Lovato (SS, OF), Kayla Brown (Catcher, Utility), Ashley Clapp (SS, 3B) and Meadow Torres (OF).

Cobb, a coach for two decades in Montana and Nevada, was recently named lead of the DCHS softball program. She replaces Todd Nassz, who stepped down after a long career of coaching the DCHS team. Last season, Naasz managed the Lady Red Devils to their first back-to-back Class A State tournament appearance for the first time since the 2005-2006 seasons.

Sidney 13, DCHS 9


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